Feeding Manila in Peace and War 1850 1945

Author: Daniel F. Doeppers
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres
ISBN: 0299305104
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The first book to explore the critical problem of provisioning the megacity. A historical study of Manila looks at the continuing challenges of getting food, water, and services to the millions of people who live in the world s megacities."

In Plain Sight

Author: Tyrell Haberkorn
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres
ISBN: 0299314405
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Following a 1932 coup d'état in Thailand that ended absolute monarchy and established a constitution, the Thai state that emerged has suppressed political dissent through detention, torture, forced reeducation, disappearances, assassinations, and massacres. In Plain Sight shows how these abuses, both hidden and occurring in public view, have become institutionalized through a chronic failure to hold perpetrators accountable. Tyrell Haberkorn's deeply researched revisionist history of modern Thailand highlights the legal, political, and social mechanisms that have produced such impunity and documents continual and courageous challenges to state domination.

Eternal Harvest

Author: Karen Coates
Publisher: ThingsAsian Press
ISBN: 1934159492
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Karen Coates and Jerry Redfern spent more than seven years traveling in Laos, talking to farmers, scrap-metal hunters, people who make and use tools from UXO, people who hunt for death beneath the earth and render it harmless. With their words and photographs, they reveal the beauty of Laos, the strength of Laotians, and the commitment of bomb-disposal teams. People take precedence in this account, which is deeply personal without ever becoming a polemic.

The Plain of Jars

Author: N. Lombardi Jr.
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
ISBN: 1780996713
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What would you do if you found that the bones and ashes you were given by the Air Force were not the remains of your loved one? Dorothy Kozeny, a 64-year-old widow from a small town in Ohio, after getting no answers from the relevant authorities, decides the only thing to do is to go to Laos herself to search for the truth concerning her son's fate. In 1990, accompanied by a trusted Laotian called Kampeng, Dorothy travels deep into the mountains of rural Laos, attempting to trace her son's path through inhospitable terrain, an unforgettable trek that provides her with a rewarding, often humorous, and at times frustrating, cross-cultural experience. All clues lead her to a mysterious figure, an alledged CIA operative left over from the war, living in a remote and hostile area deep in the jungle. The second part of the book traces the life of this enigmatic character hiding in Laos, the two main characters linked through Dorothy's son.

Dreams of the Hmong Kingdom

Author: Mai Na M. Lee
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres
ISBN: 0299298841
Format: PDF
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Authoritative and original, "Dreams of the Hmong Kingdom "is among the first works of its kind, exploring the influence that French colonialism and Hmong leadership had on the Hmong people s political and social aspirations. "

Of Beggars and Buddhas

Author: Katherine A. Bowie
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres
ISBN: 0299309509
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An exploration of subversive, ribald variations of the most important story in Theravada Buddhism.

Kill Chain

Author: Andrew Cockburn
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN: 0805099271
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An essential and page-turning narrative on the history of drone warfare by the acclaimed author of Rumsfeld, exploring how this practice emerged, who made it happen, and the real consequences of targeted killing Assassination by drone is a subject of deep and enduring fascination. Yet few understand how and why this has become our principal way of waging war. Kill Chain uncovers the real and extraordinary story; its origins in long-buried secret programs, the breakthroughs that made UAV operations possible, the ways in which the technology works and, despite official claims, does not work. Taking the reader inside the well-guarded world of national security, the book reveals the powerful interests - military, CIA and corporate - that have led the drive to kill individuals by remote control. Most importantly of all, the book describes what has really happened when the theories underpinning the strategy -- and the multi-billion dollar contracts they spawn -- have been put to the test. Drawing on sources deep in the military and intelligence establishments, Andrew Cockburn's Kill Chain unveils the true effects, as demonstrated by bloody experience, of assassination warfare, a revelation that readers will find surprising as well as shocking.

RAND in Southeast Asia

Author: Mai Elliott
Publisher: Rand Corporation
ISBN: 0833049151
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This volume chronicles RAND's involvement in researching insurgency and counterinsurgency in Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand during the Vietnam War era and assesses the effect that this research had on U.S. officials and policies. Elliott draws on interviews with former RAND staff and the many studies that RAND produced on these topics to provide a narrative that captures the tenor of the times and conveys the attitudes and thinking of those involved.

A Great Place to Have a War

Author: Joshua Kurlantzick
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451667884
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1960. President Eisenhower was focused on Laos, a tiny Southeast Asian nation. Washington feared the country would fall to communism, triggering a domino effect in the rest of Southeast Asia. In January 1961, Eisenhower approved the CIA's Operation Momentum, a plan to create a proxy army of ethnic Hmong to fight communist forces in Laos. Kurlantzick shows how the brutal war lasted nearly two decades, killed one-tenth of Laos's total population, and changed the nature of the CIA forever